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Val to Visit Australia

Val Visits Australia 22rd - 30th September 2014

Perth, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane


Perth: Monday 22 September

Melbourne: Wednesday 24 September

Brisbane: Friday 26 September

Sydney: Monday 29 September

Tour Dates

Perth: Monday 22 September  
6.30pm – 7.30pm
Val McDermid on The Skeleton Road at UWA Perth 

Venue: The University Club of Western Australia
Theatre Auditorium, 35 Stirling Highway, Crawley
Ticket price: $29
For more details contact UWA on (08) 6488 2433 or book directly.

Melbourne: Wednesday 24 September
6.00pm – 8pm 
Tartan Noir Crime Queen, Val McDermid at the Melbourne Comedy Club 

Host: Sisters in Crime and the Athenaeum Library 
Venue: Comedy Club, 2nd Floor (above Athenaeum Library)
188 Collins Street, Melbourne
Ticket price: $15/$10 (members of Sisters in Crime, Writers Victoria & the Athenaeum Library/concession)
For more details and to book, visit sistersincrime.org.au

Brisbane: Friday 26 September
Val McDermid at the Grand View Hotel

Venue: The Grandview Hotel
49 North Street, Cleveland
For more details and to book, contact GVH on (07) 3286 1002

Sydney: Monday 29 September
– 8.30pm
Psychology and Crime: Val McDermid in conversation with Michael Robotham
Venue: The Eternity Playhouse
39 Burton Street, Darlinghurst
For more details and to book, visit swf.org.au


Val McDermid is backing Yes vote

Val McDermid is backing Yes vote

Val McDermid

Val McDermid is backing the Yes vote

Scottish crime writer Val McDermid has come out in favour of a Yes vote in September’s independence referendum.

The Fife-born author revealed her support for a vote for independence in The Guardian newspaper. Ms McDermid from Kirkcaldy sees a marked difference in policies flowing from Holyrood compared to Westminster.

The avid Raith Rovers fan said: “The only basis I could find for making a choice is to look at the track record of what the Scottish Parliament has done differently from Westminster since we’ve had some power restored to us.

“And, overwhelmingly, I prefer what we’ve done north of the border — free prescriptions, no student tuition fees, social care for elderly people. So, with a degree of trepidation, I’m going to nail my colours to the mast of aspiration and vote ‘Yes’.

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Val Sponsors Raith Rovers

Raith make killing with new sponsor

Val McDermid sponsors Raith Rovers

New sponsor Val McDermid (left) was at Raith’s Scottish Cup quarter-final tie against St Johnstone

A Scottish football team are to be sponsored by a famous crime writer from next season.

Val McDermid, who wrote the novels that inspired the Wire In The Blood series, will be the main shirt sponsor for Raith Rovers in the Scottish Championship.

The writer is a lifelong fan of the club and already sponsors a stand at the Kirkcaldy club’s Stark’s Park stadium.

She has previously said her financial support for Raith is in honour of her father Jim, who was once a scout for the Fife club.

Former prime minister Gordon Brown is another famous supporter of the club and encouraged McDermid to get involved when it was in financial difficulty around a decade ago.

The club said it is an honour to carry the name of her website – valmcdermid.com – on shirts next season.

Despite living in the North of England, the author is often spotted at Rovers matches, including their Scottish Cup quarter-final tie with St Johnstone in March.

With three of Scotland’s biggest clubs also competing with Rovers next season, McDermid hopes there will be extra exposure for the team.

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Val Reads – and sings ‘The Road and the Miles to Dundee’


Wordfactory Salon #24 presents Val McDermid reading ‘The Road and the Miles to Dundee’
Introduced by Cathy Galvin
28 June 2014 

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Catch Val at the Harrogate Crime Writing Festival

Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival 16 – 20 July

Harrogate Crime Writing Festival

Date: Wednesday 16 – 20 July 2014
Time: various times – see opposite
Place: Harrogate, Yorkshire UK
Cost: see ticket prices


Old peculier Crime Writing Festival 2014

J.K. Rowling writing as Robert Galbraith in conversation with Val McDermid

Friday 18th July 2014 

SPECIAL GUEST EVENT: Robert Galbraith in Conversation with Val McDermid

7.30pm | SOLD OUT *

(Please note, Weekend Rover tickets include access to this event. Please call 01423 562303 for more information on how to book a Weekend Rover Ticket)

Mark Billingham said “One of the most unique and compelling detectives I’ve come across in years”, Alex Gray described the novel as “one of the best crime novels I’ve ever read”, and Val McDermid said it reminded her “why I fell in love with crime fiction in the first place”. But when The Cuckoo’s Calling was first published, none of them knew that its author was not what he seemed. When it was revealed that Robert Galbraith was a pseudonym for J.K. Rowling, one of the world’s most successful and beloved authors, there was a media storm and Rowling’s assured, superb crime debut rocketed up the charts. This year, the book’s compelling detective, Cormoran Strike returns in The Silkworm**. In this exclusive appearance, Rowling will talk about turning to crime with the Galbraith books with early fan Val McDermid. Don’t miss an amazing opportunity to see these two highly-acclaimed novelists on stage together.

Sponsored by: Little, Brown Book Group


New Blood

Saturday 19th July 2014 

12pm | Tickets £10

Always a highlight of the Festival, the New Blood panel provides a showcase for some of the year’s most outstanding debut crime novels, and Queen of Crime Val McDermid has once again personally selected four brilliant new writers. Ray Celestin, Eva Dolan, Helen Giltrow and Nicola White will be joining Val to discuss their inspirations, aspirations and – of course – their extraordinary first novels. Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to discover the stars of tomorrow.

Sponsored by: HW Fisher & Company



Late Night Quiz

Saturday 19th July 2014  

10pm | Tickets £10

We’re not saying it gets deadly serious, but there are quizzes and then there’s the legendary Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival quiz. Hugely popular and hotly contested, it’s a chance to test your knowledge of crime trivia from pseudonyms to theme tunes against authors, publishers, agents, and fellow crime fans. Quiz masters and Celebrity Mastermind winners Mark Billingham and Val McDermid ask the questions to determine who will be waving aloft the genre’s most coveted cup.

Sponsored by: audible.co.uk

New Dundee University mortuary named after Val McDermid

Mortuary named after Val McDermid

Val Mcdermid MortuaryA new mortuary at Dundee University has been named after crime writer Val McDermid following a public vote.

The facility was funded by the “Million for a Morgue” campaign, during which the public donated money to the project while also voting for which crime author to name it after.

The campaign aimed to raise cash to match a £1m investment by the university for new facilities.

Ms McDermid said it was a “very proud moment” for her.

The Val McDermid Mortuary, which is now up and running, is the first in the UK to exclusively use the Thiel method of embalming, which it is hoped can provide “significant breakthroughs” in scientific, medical and dental research and training.

A total of 10 authors supported the campaign and were in the running to have the morgue named after them. Each online vote contributed £1 to the appeal.

Runner-up Stuart MacBride has had a dissection room at the mortuary named after him, while the other eight authors have had their names put on Thiel embalming tanks.

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